I’m super excited to be part of the blog tour for Body Parts by Jessica Kapp and to bring you a guest post from Jessica! Before we jump into what Jessica has to say let me tell you a little about Body Parts.
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People would kill for her body.
Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.
When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.
Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?
About the Author
Jessica Kapp enjoys writing Young Adult Contemporary and Speculative Fiction. Story ideas often strike at inopportune times, and she’s been known to text herself reminders from under the covers.
She lives on a small farm in Washington with far too many goats and an occasional cow.
GUEST POST by Jessica Kapp
The world of … (World Building)
I’m going to be straight with you. I am not as good at world building as my CPs. Not even close. But the beauty of having CPs with masterful world-building skills is that I can learn from them (and they can critique the snot out of my story until I get it right).
BODY PARTS is set in a new futuristic world, so I had to consider what, if any, advances we as a society had made. I didn’t want the technology so far fetched that gadgets and gizmos needed an explanation. My story is a thriller with sci-fi elements, not straight sci-fi. Therefore the setting for the fictitious island and city of Gladstone needed to be relatable but still an arm’s length away from society we know today.
To create this world, I focused on PharmPerfect, the company that creates super pills that can bulk up muscle mass and smooth wrinkles. Pills that make the residents look flawless. Or, as Tabitha likes to say, freeze dried. With that in mind, I looked at the citizens as part of the world building. I needed to show the results of the addiction to pills. That included the clean streets they walked down, and the prestigious buildings they worked in. Every element is a reflection of their obsession with perfection.
For the hideout where Gavin and his group of renegades plan their rescue missions, I wanted to create an environment that was the polar opposite of what you’d see if you walked down the streets of Gladstone. Gavin and his team find safety in the basement of a dumpy old barn that smells like mildew and straw. They wash dishes by hand and wear hand-me-down clothes. They eat peanut butter sandwiches if that’s all the food they have in the cupboards.
Even though the two environments are so different, there are pockets of Gladstone that are not tainted by perfection. For instance, the Gladstone beach is just that—a beach. There’s no need to improve the sand and sun. Tabitha is apprehensive to step away from the security of the barn, but I wanted her to see a place that had not be touched by PharmPerfect or the citizens who lived in Gladstone. The beach is an important element in that it helped reiterate there is beauty in the world that is not manmade.
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